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  1. Ruins of the Church of St Thomas a' Becket, Heptonstall

    Heptonstall

    Ruins of the Church of St Thomas a' Becket

    Uniquely, Heptonstall has two churches within one graveyard. At the centre of the village are the ruins of the Church of St Thomas a' Becket built ...
    Uniquely, Heptonstall has two churches within one graveyard. At the centre of the village are the ruins of the Church of St Thomas a' Becket built between 1256 and 1260. Later adaptations gave the Church two naves, two aisles and two chantry chapels as well as a tower. Following a great storm in 1847 the west face of the tower fell away. Some measure of repair took place and the church remained in use up to 1854 when the present church, St Thomas the Apostle, was completed at a cost of £7,000. The ruins of St Thomas a' Becket are carefully maintained and are open to the public. Open air services are occasionally conducted there.
  2. eptonstall Octagonal Methodist Chapel

    Heptonstall

    Heptonstall Octagonal Methodist Chapel

    Built in 1764, the design and construction of this Grade II listed Octagonal Chapel were overseen by John Wesley, who frequently preached here. One...
    Built in 1764, the design and construction of this Grade II listed Octagonal Chapel were overseen by John Wesley, who frequently preached here. One of the first octagonal chapels, it is one of the oldest Methodist churches in continuous use today. This unusual octagonal chapel is open every day. It’s tucked away at the bottom of a flight of steps off Northgate. Entry is free, with donations to the upkeep of the Chapel welcome. Please email Circuit Heritage Officer Mr. John Wilson regarding visits and other activities, at chme@calderdalemethodists.org.uk. Methodism in Heptonstall began with the firebrand Scot William Darney. He founded many societies on both sides of the Pennines as he travelled, preaching as he went. The Heptonstall “Darney Society” was visited by Charles and John Wesley in 1747. In these early days, Heptonstall had a preacher every sixth Sunday, with the travelling preachers receiving no stipend or allowance, eating where they could. John Wesley continued to visit Heptonstall and there were always immense crowds to hear him. The society was so successful it was decided to build a chapel. The octagon shape was then fashionable for Methodist preaching houses, as it avoided conflict with the established church. The building was finished in 1764. It was intended to hold 200 people, but by 1802 there were 337 members and over 1000 scholars. The solution was to knock down the far end of the chapel, lengthen the walls and rebuild it, preserving its octagonal shape. Heptonstall is located on The Calderdale Way, a 50 mile walking route that circles the borough of Calderdale. Please call in to visit the Chapel if you're passing by.
  3. Stoodley Pike Monument

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    Stoodley Pike Monument

    The 121 foot (37 m) high Stoodley Pike Monument dominates the skyline above Todmorden, sitting atop Stoodley Pike, a 1,300-foot (400 m) hill The...

    The 121 foot (37 m) high Stoodley Pike Monument dominates the skyline above Todmorden, sitting atop Stoodley Pike, a 1,300-foot (400 m) hill The monument was designed in 1854 by local architect James Green, and completed in 1856 at the end of the Crimean War.

    The monument replaced an earlier structure, commemorating the defeat of Napoleon and the surrender of Paris. It was completed in 1815, after the Battle of Waterloo, but collapsed in 1854 after decades of weathering and a lightning strike.

    You can only reach the Pike on foot, as there is no vehicular or bicycle access to the monument. Stoodley Pike is accessible by well-defined Right of Way footpaths. The Pennine Way also passes Stoodley Pike. There are many walking routes to the Pike from Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. Walking guides to all these routes available from local Visitor Centres and the Heart of the Pennines online shop.

    Stoodley Pike Monument contains a spiral staircase of 39 steps, accessed from its north side. If you visit, please be aware that several of the internal steps are in darkness, so it’s useful to have a torch to light your way, as there are no windows. The entrance to the balcony is on the Monument’s west face, some 40 feet above ground level. The views are well worth the walk and the climb!

  4. Todmorden Town Hall

    Todmorden

    Todmorden Town Hall

    Todmorden Town Hall is a fantastic Grade 1 listed building. Visit take a tour, attend an open day or hire the space and be amazed by the architect...
    Todmorden Town Hall is a fantastic Grade 1 listed building. Visit take a tour, attend an open day or hire the space and be amazed by the architecture. The Grade 1 listed building is home to: • An impressive ballroom • Magistrate’s Court, now Todmorden Town Council Chamber • Grand staircase • Heritage Centre For a look inside please follow the hyperlink to the GillGraphics website below.
  5. Cheeky Sew and Sew

    Todmorden

    Cheeky Sew and Sew

    Cheeky sew and sew is a sewing workshop based in the Pennine town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire. We offer a wide range of sewing and textile rela...
    Cheeky sew and sew is a sewing workshop based in the Pennine town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire. We offer a wide range of sewing and textile related courses and one to one tuition. You can bring your own machine to learn on or use one of ours, it’s all included. You can choose from 4 week courses such as Absolute Beginners Sewing, Curtain Making & Altering and Repairing Clothes, these run on a Wednesday afternoon and evening. Or our 6 week Beginners Dressmaking is proving to be popular as well as comprehensive, on a Thursday evening. If you would like to just come in for one day then our Saturday stand alone courses aim to teach you to make something in a day, or offer to enlarge your sewing skills in a couple of hours!
  6. Heptonstall Museum

    Heptonstall

    Heptonstall Museum

    Heptonstall Museum offers you the opportunity to expore the changing importance of Heptonstall and the surrounding area, from prehistoric times unt...
    Heptonstall Museum offers you the opportunity to expore the changing importance of Heptonstall and the surrounding area, from prehistoric times until recent day. Find out about the infamous Cragg Vale Coiners, who produced counterfeit currency and committed murder to conceal their illegal trade. Explore the temporary exhibition relating to local stories, objects and heroes. Discover the exploits of Heptonstall's Parliamentarian garrison during the English Civil War and uncover intriguing stories of the everyday lives of the people of Heptonstall and the Upper Calder Valley. Heptonstall Grammar School was established in 1642, the present building was rebuilt in 1771, where it continued to be used as a school until 1889. In 1898 it became the Yorkshire Penny Bank whose staff were careful to preserve some of the original features of the school: including a black oak desk at which pupils took their lessons which can still be found inside the Museum today. FREE Entry. Open March to October: Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11:00 - 16:00. Closed November to February.
  7. Gordon Rigg Garden Centre

    Todmorden

    Gordon Rigg Garden Centre

    Gordon Rigg Garden Centre, Todmorden, is one of the largest Garden Centres in the North West, enjoying over 60,000sq. ft. of retail space and was v...
    Gordon Rigg Garden Centre, Todmorden, is one of the largest Garden Centres in the North West, enjoying over 60,000sq. ft. of retail space and was voted best Garden Centre in the North, 2nd best in the UK by Which? Magazine! You'll be amazed at the variety and choice of products at both of our Garden Centres from our huge range of indoor and outdoor plants, garden furniture and wild bird care to garden tools, pet care, floristry, gifts, plus much, much more!
  8. The Pennine Way

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    The Pennine Way

    Steeped in history, the Pennine Way National Trail chases along the mountain tops along the rugged backbone of England and offers 268 miles of the ...
    Steeped in history, the Pennine Way National Trail chases along the mountain tops along the rugged backbone of England and offers 268 miles of the finest upland walking in England. A once in a lifetime experience. The Pennine Way enters Calderdale at Blackstone Edge, passing Stoodley Pike, dropping down into the valley at Callis, climbing back up to Colden and over the moors to Widdop. Walkers often say this stretch of over 20 miles is one of the best on the whole route. The Trail is very well way-marked and there are some great views from the route (especially from the iconic Stoodley Pike). If you want to detour into Hebden Bridge on your way, you can use the Hebden Bridge Loop path developed in 2015.
  9. Todmorden Book Festival

    Todmorden

    Todmorden Book Festival 2019

    Starting 1st Nov 2019
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    Todmorden Book Festival 2019 aims to provide a vibrant programme of reading, writing and book-related events that celebrate the written word and st...
    Todmorden Book Festival 2019 aims to provide a vibrant programme of reading, writing and book-related events that celebrate the written word and stimulate, inspire and challenge audiences. The Festival programme will focus on the work of new and established writers from across the region and the UK, as well as the work of international authors. The programme includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry events for adults, young adults and children, across a range of genres, and aims to reflect the rich industrial and cultural heritage of the region, exploring individual and collective stories, celebrating difference and diversity, and reaching out to new audiences.
  10. The Fire of Olympus

    Todmorden

    The Fire of Olympus

    9th Nov 2019

    7:30pm “The Fire Of Olympus; or, On Sticking It To The Man” is a brand-new opera by the innovative Yorkshire-based mavericks Radius Opera. A...
    7:30pm “The Fire Of Olympus; or, On Sticking It To The Man” is a brand-new opera by the innovative Yorkshire-based mavericks Radius Opera. A spectacular show, it tells the story of Prometheus and Pandora, and features virtuoso singers together with the digitally combined voices of over 1000 volunteers drawn from choirs across the North of England. In the opera, composed by Yorkshire-based Tim Benjamin, Zeus, the powerful President of Olympus, faces revolution and anarchy, as prankster activists led Prometheus steal his mystical Fire. The dramatic story includes Pandora and her famous “box” of evils, and is set in a world similar to 1960s America, amid anti-war and freedom of speech conflicts. The opera, which is in English, re-imagines the popular 18th century operas of Handel, which contained many memorable tunes and often dealt with themes from Greek and Roman myth. The performance lasts 100 minutes plus interval.
  11. Calderdale Heritage Walk: Odd Tod

    Todmorden

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Odd Tod.

    17th Nov 2019

    Straddling a historically fluid county border, Todmorden has acquired a name for strange, and sometimes dark, historical and contemporary happening...
    Straddling a historically fluid county border, Todmorden has acquired a name for strange, and sometimes dark, historical and contemporary happenings. Meet John Billingsley at 1.30pm outside he market end of Todmorden Town Hall, OL14 5AA
  12. Calderdale Heritage Walk: Fieldentown

    Todmorden

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Fieldentown

    16th Feb 2020

    The Fielden Family left its mark on Todmorden in many ways including work, religion, education and leisure. This walk around Todmorden explores the...
    The Fielden Family left its mark on Todmorden in many ways including work, religion, education and leisure. This walk around Todmorden explores the story of the Fieldens, looking at many of the fine buildings they left us and some of the places where they lived and worked. Some paths may be muddy. Meet Anne Mealia at 1.30pm by Todmorden Town Hall OL14 5AQ. £3 per person.
  13. Good Friday Pace Egg Plays

    Heptonstall

    Good Friday Heptonstall Pace Egg Plays 2020

    11th Apr 2020

    Heptonstall Pace Egg Play is a traditional Mumming Play performed in Heptonstall’s Weavers Square on Good Fridays, attracting hundreds of visitors ...
    Heptonstall Pace Egg Play is a traditional Mumming Play performed in Heptonstall’s Weavers Square on Good Fridays, attracting hundreds of visitors to the village. The Pace Egg play is not unique to Heptonstall but it is one of only a few still performed today. Good Friday, 11th April in Weavers Square . NB times are still TBC, but 2019's times were 11.15 am Heptonstall Pace Egg 12.30 pm Heptonstall Pace Egg 2.00 pm Heptonstall Pace Egg 3.00pm Midgley Pace Egg 4.00pm Heptonstall Pace Egg The Hillmillies will be dancing between the plays, The organisers reserve the right to change the times of, or cancel, any performances. In the play St George takes on contenders such as Bold Slasher, the Black Prince of Paradine and Hector. The costumes, in particular the strange headgear comprising a towering edifice garlanded with flowers, peculiar to the Calder Valley; are as much a part of the fun as the action. Violent sword fights predominate but, as ever, good triumphs over evil. Visitors are asked to not bring their cars into the village as parking is very limited. There are regular buses to Heptonstall from Hebden Bridge and visitors can walk up to Heptonstall via the Buttress, the steep cobbled pathway by Hebden Bridge Town Hall. (Please note this is a demanding walk!)
  14. Todmorden Folk Festival

    Todmorden

    Todmorden Folk Festival 2020

    Starting 1st May 2020
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    The annual Todmorden Folk Festival brings you three days packed with live music, dancing, singing, mirth & merriment at several fantastic venues ac...
    The annual Todmorden Folk Festival brings you three days packed with live music, dancing, singing, mirth & merriment at several fantastic venues across Todmorden Town Centre. You can enjoy concerts, workshops, the Ceilidh, dancers, free acts in a cafe, free kid's activities or joining in a chorus in a pub. we really do have something for everyone! Get your full weekend ticket, or pick and choose the tickets you want, and enjoy lots of FREE events all weekend!

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